AFDA goes Live on IGTV with #AFDAalumni - Cait Pansegrouw

News, 06 August 2020

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?When: Tuesday 10 July, 2pmpm

????Where: Instagram Live ( (@cait_panties)

Multi-talented producer, casting director and AFDA alumna Cait Pansegrouw’s fourth feature film, "This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection", directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese and beautifully shot by fellow alumnus Pierre de Villiers (DOP), premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival earlier this year. The film has since scooped up four Grand Jury Prize awards at the Sundance Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival, MOOV Film Festival and Taipei International Film Festival. The film, originally developed through the Realness Institute (an initiative created by Cait and fellow AFDA alumnus Elias Ribeiro) has received rave reviews from critics at festivals and is sure to continue to have an award winning international film festival run.

Realness Institute also recently launched the inaugural Creative Producer Indaba scheme, in partnership with Sundance Institute, International Film Festival Rotterdam and European training outfit EAVE.The year-long training programme will include masterclasses and one-on-one meetings with assigned mentors to address topics such as project development, financing, marketing and advocacy.

Cait strives to make films that challenge the status quo and ignite meaningful conversations; believing in the power of cinema to act as a mirror to society. “Inxeba” (The Wound), which she produced and cast directed, screened at more than 60 festivals worldwide, winning 28 awards. It was also selected as South Africa’s official entry for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 2018, making it to the December shortlist of 9 films.

 “Inxeba was both the hardest and the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life. It was an incredibly intense experience,” she says. “I was exposed to blatant homophobia, hate speech, death threats, intimidation, deeply entrenched patriarchal systems and unlawful reclassification and censorship. It was, at times, painful and disturbing. But this was also a story of hope, bravery and tenacity. I was propelled into a space which introduced me to profoundly inspiring people; particularly human rights activists and LGBTQIA members, advocates and activists.”

Cait has worked across South Africa, in Lesotho and in Brazil. Cait is a SAFTA Golden Horn winner with work that has travelled to Sundance, Berlinale, Venice and Durban to name a few. In 2018 she was also included on the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans list. Cait is passionate about identifying and developing talent and together with her business partner Elias Ribeiro, founded Realness, an African Screenwriter's Residency which seeks to foster a new wave of African cinema.

Cait’s favourite part of the job is working with directors and guiding them to bring stories to life. “It takes years to make a film, so you enter into a very intense relationship with your directors over a long period. I really believe in the power of art; it has the ability to challenge the status quo, encourage introspection and dialogue and inspire empathy,” she says.



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